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We performed a comparison between Dell VPLEX and IBM Spectrum Virtualize based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Storage Management solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Dell VPLEX vs. IBM Spectrum Virtualize report (Updated: September 2022).
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"The capacity to migrate machines onto VPLEX is great — it's very clean. We can migrate machines and add arrays easily.""The solution works well. It's very reliable."

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"I like that it can virtualize more than three hundred storage providers.""There are many benefits to this solution. Storage virtualization and the ability to migrate massive amounts of data to other systems without impacting your client are the most valuable. It is non-disruptive for my users. We migrated 350 terabytes of data in one night to a new machine without a small system going down and a single user complaining about the performance. You have to fine-tune a lot of storage machines constantly for performance and for making sure that they are optimal, but IBM Spectrum Virtualize does this by itself. It does the adjustment on its own, and it does it right. That's what makes it different. I had a huge VSP from Hitachi, which is also a type of virtualization-based engine but with a decent size. It was a continuous performance-tuning exercise. I never had that issue with IBM Spectrum Virtualize.""The ability to add the virtual machine on the Spectrum environment to sort out the data movers(DMs) and their schedules is a valuable feature. You are able to have, for example, four data movers to balance them so you do not have too much work on one data mover.""I like all the features, but the most impressive recently has been the introduction of IBM's Flash Core Modules. They are a form of a flash drive, but they have many more features."

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"The price is a problem with EMC due to the fact that it's more expensive than the other vendors.""With Dell VPLEX, there are some bugs with Broadcom."

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"t is limited in terms of a single system to eight nodes or four, what they call IO groups.""I would like to see more baseline replication and integration with the operating system between Vmware and IBMI.""I hate I/O groups. If you start swapping I/O groups, they can be potentially risky. If they could get rid of the whole I/O group principle, the risk is not there anymore. I understand the fundamental thing about I/O groups, but they are risky.""The only errors I find sometimes is the solution tells me I cannot operate it because a service has turned off, you can just go back to the VM, go to services, and turn back the services. However, this should improve."

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  • "We struck a great deal with Dell EMC, so for us, VPLEX was not very expensive."
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  • "I am very happy with the pricing. There is no comparison when it comes to pricing. I have looked at all solutions from EMC, Veritas, Hitachi, Dell, etc. None of them compares to IBM when it comes to pricing. I get great pricing from them."
  • "The entry point of pricing for this product is the most amazing price ever in the industry."
  • "This solution came as an additional cost for the TSM package we chose."
  • "I think it is a good value for the price."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The capacity to migrate machines onto VPLEX is great — it's very clean. We can migrate machines and add arrays easily.
    Top Answer:The main problem with VPLEX is that we need to increase the HC ports to fully migrate it to the cloud — we need at least 10 HC ports. We need to decrease our SAN in order to put the machine… more »
    Top Answer:We use VPLEX on all of our net production machines — integration, migration, development. VPLEX is our main storage solution for our architecture. We have a lot of machines on it. We also use VPLEX on… more »
    Top Answer:I like all the features, but the most impressive recently has been the introduction of IBM's Flash Core Modules. They are a form of a flash drive, but they have many more features.
    Top Answer:The entry point of pricing for this product is the most amazing price ever in the industry. You'd have to compare it with others. I would say their price is excellent given their support, the… more »
    Top Answer:It is limited in terms of a single system to eight nodes or four, what they call IO groups. However, this is still 32 petabytes worth of capacity, so it is substantial. In theory, you could have tens… more »
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    Wth EMC VPLEX you can deploy next-generation virtualization architecture to enable simultaneous information access within, between, and across data centers, move applications, virtual machines, and data in and between data centers without impacting users and deliver application and data availability within the data center and over distance with full infrastructure utilization and zero downtime.

    IBM Spectrum Virtualize is a dependable solution that improves data value, security, and simplicity for new and existing storage infrastructure. Proven over 12 years in thousands of deployments, its innovative virtualization capabilities help organizations achieve better data economics by supporting new workloads that are critical to their success. IBM Spectrum Virtualize software helps make new and existing storage more effective and standardizes functions traditionally deployed separately in disk systems for greater flexibility and potentially lower costs.

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    Sample Customers
    Kindred Healthcare, Regis Aged Care, WeBank SpA, Panduit, Munson Healthcare
    Pelephone, Sprint IT Enterprise Services
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Healthcare Company22%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Educational Organization8%
    Company Size
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise5%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Buyer's Guide
    Storage Management
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Dell Technologies, IBM, NetApp and others in Storage Management. Updated: September 2022.
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    Dell VPLEX is ranked 1st in Storage Management with 2 reviews while IBM Spectrum Virtualize is ranked 8th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 4 reviews. Dell VPLEX is rated 8.6, while IBM Spectrum Virtualize is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Dell VPLEX writes "A scalable storage solution for our architecture". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Spectrum Virtualize writes "Enables us to build an infrastructure and replace storage with no disruption to our hosts whatsoever". Dell VPLEX is most compared with NetApp OnCommand, NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP, Red Hat Ceph Storage, Dell Storage Resource Manager and SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor, whereas IBM Spectrum Virtualize is most compared with VMware vSAN, IBM Spectrum Scale, DataCore SANsymphony, HPE StoreVirtual and NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP.

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